New River folk (re-enactment as translation)

Copsey, Laura and Crewe, Philip (2022) New River folk (re-enactment as translation). In: 12th International Illustration Research Symposium : Transitus: Illustration as Crossing Ground; 15-16 Jul 2022, Falmouth, U.K. (Held online). (Unpublished)


Laura Copsey and Philip Crewe undertook a residency with House of illustration in response to the heritage of the New River, creating a speculative museum of storied objects and ephemera that celebrates the lives of three real characters found in the archive, with artefacts inspired and informed by traditional craft and site-specific process. Each character’s collection adopts a ‘para-fictional’ quality which in museum contexts creates ethical tension. We will consider our intentions for the framing the work as ‘immersive heritage’ where interpretation is enacted by an audience and maker.

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